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Find Italian singles
Where and how will we find other Italians or Italophiles on line?
After all we already have Facebook and other big social networks.
Well, sometimes we would like to connect at a more personal level, perhaps we're looking for something more than a friendship.
This is where dating websites come into play. We believe that only relying in a trusted, reliable service that caters to a specific niche is the key to success when searching for a soulmate, a partner for life or even for sharing good old-time fun.
You probably already have a membership with some of these services. If you would like to take a look at our recommendations for choosing a dating website or for tips in dating, and links to other Italian communities, visit our Community page.

Shopping Italian style

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You will find a wide selection of products made in Italy such as Apparel & Accessories, Art & Crafts, Books & eBooks, Food & Gifts, Movies, DVD, Download, Music, CD, MP3, Toys & Games, and much more, including a section for residents in Europe and Italy. Shop now!

Day trips to Lake Como and Lugano

Day trips to Lake Como
Some of Italy's most impressive sights lie just beyond the borders of its biggest cities. Just an hour north of Milan, two of the country's largest and deepest lakes snake between the towering peaks of the southern Alps. Learn more about the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a City Wonders Lake Lugano and Lake Como Day Trip from Milan.

Regione Veneto

This month we feature the region of Veneto.
Veneto or Venetia is one of the twenty regions of Italy. Its population is about five million, ranking fifth in Italy. The region's capital and largest city is Venice.
Veneto, as part of the Republic of Venice, was an independent state for more than a millennium. Venice ruled for centuries over one of the largest and richest maritime republics and trade empires in the world. After the Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna, the Republic was annexed by the Austrian Empire, until it was ceded to the Kingdom of Italy in 1866, as a result of the Third Italian War of Independence.
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Venice: La Serenissima

Venice, Italy
I cannot remember when I first heard of, or learnt about, La Serenissima, but it would have been many years before my first visit. Of course this is the same with many places. We know the names Oklahoma, or Siberia, or Tokyo, without going there, but with Venice there is a particular fascination and a great deal of visual and imaginative evidence to hand. Some will remember the film "Don't Look Now" for example, with its creepy images of dark canals and sottoportici. Others will have the wistful palette of Visconti in mind having seen "Death in Venice." Others will have the speedboat glitz of James Bond in their stock of images. Television travel programmes, images in magazines, posters in travel agents, garish ashtrays, and shiny plastic gondolas - all contribute to our knowledge of this unique city on the water. Read the story

Visiting the Dead in "the most beautiful cemetery in the world"

Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners in Testaccio
Sculpure by William Wetmore Story
Photo by Teresa Cutler-Broyles
It never occurred to me to visit cemeteries in Rome until recently. While definitely pleasurable, and something I’ve spent time doing in other cities, seeking out and finding Roman cemeteries always seemed oddly redundant. Isn’t every footstep in Rome a movement toward another burial place? Rome is in fact filled with the dead. Until last year I spent my time in the city ducking in and out of cathedrals in which artists and popes were buried, marveling at the sculptures and paintings created by long-gone artists, and generally had an awareness that somewhere there must be actual graveyards. Read the story.

Are you going to Italy in 2014?

Flavours of Italy offers cooking, painting, pilates and singles holidays in Italy

Trying an extraordinary type of vacations that veers away from the usual course, like cooking, painting or Pilates in Italy can sometimes be a scary move. But Flavours of Italy has a bit of a pedigree. Founded in 1998 it has grown steadily with the right mix of quality, individuality and old-fashioned attention to detail.
Over the years we have compiled an incredible list of suppliers and artisans. These range from chocolate makers to olive oil producers. Our chefs also know just what our travelers want and they provide it no matter what time of year clients book holidays.
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